William Thomas ISRAEL James Monroe ISRAEL John Wesley ISRAEL George W ISRAEL Martha Elvira ISRAEL Matilda GREEN Mini tree diagram
Monterville Marvin ISRAEL

Monterville Marvin ISRAEL4,7,8,5,3,6

about 18264,2,5,6 - Dec 1863

Life History

about 1826

Born in North Carolina.4,2,5,6


Married Matilda GREEN in Buncombe County, North Carolina.7

19th Dec 1849

Birth of son William Thomas ISRAEL in Alabama.4,6,5,9,10,11,12,13,14

7th Sep 1850

Birth of son James Monroe ISRAEL in Cherokee County, Alabama.6,15,16,17,18,10

12th Oct 1852

Birth of son John Wesley ISRAEL in Cherokee County, Alabama.6,19,20,10

about 1854

Birth of son George W ISRAEL in Cherokee County, Alabama.6,19

16th Jul 1856

Birth of daughter Martha Elvira ISRAEL in Cherokee County, Alabama.19,10,6

Dec 1863

Died in Kingston Hospital, Kingston, Batow, Georgia

Wounds in Civil War Battle, his last battle of record was Chattanooga Nov 1863

Dec 1863

Buried in Kingston, Bartow, Georgia.1,2,3


  • 1840 Alabama State Census, Cherokee County, page 50
    M M Israel head of household
    Males 1 Under age 21; 1 Over age 21; 1 18-45
    Females 1 Over 21
    No Slaves

    Two houses down is Ambroes (Ambrose) Green, the brother ofMonterville's wife Matilda.  (Between them is a George Taylor.)

    1840 Alabama State Census, Cherokee County, page 50
    Ambroes Green head of household
    Males 1 Over age 21; 1 18-45
    Females 1 Over 21
    No Slaves

    1850 Federal Census, Cherokee County, Alabama, 11 January, District27, page 29, Hse/Fam #849
    Monterville Israel 24 M Agriculture b NC  (b abt 1826)
    Matilda Israel 24 F b SC  (b abt 1826)
    William Israel 2 F b Alabama (b abt 1848)

    In 1850, there is another enumeration of Monterville and Matilda, inthe household of her brother Ambrose in neighboring DeKalb County.This enumeration was not made until the end of the year.  The censusdate for 1850 was 1 January, and this family was enumerated inCehrokee County on 11 January.  Apparently it took 11 months for theauthorities to get to DeKalb across the county line to the north.

    I suspect the farm they are working in DeKalb County is very neartheir farm home in Cherokee County, since they are all enumerated inCherokee County in 1840 and 1860.

    1850 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama, 17 December, Division 25,p 737 (scan 368), Hse/Fam #581
    A Greene 31 M Farmer $no value stated for Real Estate b South Carolina[born abt 1819]
    Lavina Greene 23 F Georgia Cannot read or write [born abt 1827]
    Mary Greene 10 F Alabama [born abt 1840]
    Ally Greene 8 F Alabama [born abt 1842]
    Montveal Israel 25 M Farmer $no value stated for Real Estate b NorthCarolina [born abt 1825]
    Matilda Israel 23 F South Carolina Cannot read or write [born abt1827]
    Taylor Israel 2 M B Alabama [born abt 1848]

    1860 Federal Census, Cherokee County, Alabama, 7 June, District 2, POCentre, page (scan #54), Hse/Fam #388
    M M Israel 33 M Farmer $505 Personal Estate born North Carolina [b abt1827]
    Matilda Israel 33 F born South Carolina [b abt 1827]
    William M Israel 12 M born Alabama [b abt 1848]
    James Israel 10 M born Alabama [b abt 1850]
    John Israel 8 M born Alabama [b abt 1852]
    George Israel 6 M born Alabama [b abt 1854]
    Martha Israel 4 F born Alabama [b abt 1856]

    Monterville entered service for the State of Alabama in the militaryforces of the Confederate States of America, and was killed in actionin December 1863.

    Alabama Civil War Muster Rolls, 1861-1865
    Roll #209
    M M Israel
    Military unit: 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment, Company E
    Muster Roll Date: 04 Sep 1861 Alabama
    Promoted from First Lieutenant to Captain Pensacola Feb 1862
    Died December 1863 Kingston [Bartow County, Georgia]

    [Military records report death in Kingston was Dec 1863.  Someresearchers propose he actually died in April 1864, but was wounded inDec 1863.  Jess Headly suggests he was wounded at Chickamauga.  Butaccording to the dates provided below by Nancy Coward, Chickamauga wasin September 1863, and Monterville fought in the Battle of Chattanoogain November 1863, so this would be the obvious time when hisultimately mortal wounds occurred.]

    In a roll of the Cherokee Guards, Monterville is listed along with aWilliam Green and his neighbor George Taylor, recorded adjacent to himin the 1840 census.  William is probably the nephew of Monterville'swife Matilda, the son of her brother Jephtha, born in 1838.

    Roll of the Cherokee Guards
    M M Israel 1st Lieut
    William Green 1st Corpl
    George Taylor Drummer

    (Alabama Infantry) 19th Company E
    M M Israel
    (Written in above in different hand and ink: "Marvel"]
    1st Lieut Promoted Pensacola Feb/62
    Israel; Capt Promoted Pensacola Feb/62
    Died Dec'r/63 Kingston

    A couple of genealogies report a different date of death forMonterville.  With some uncertainty, Nancy Lee Coward reports it as"Kingston Hospital in Bartow Co, GA I think."  This information fromNancy is included in the fairly complete genealogy of Linda Newbrough"Our Newbrough Family Tree" on Ancestry.com(http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7037895/person/-1177607896).

    The family connections and George Taylor, as well as other names thatappear on the same page in the 1840 census are conclusive that therecord I am reporting here is for the right Monterville Marvin Israel. Nancy refers to further family and military records indicating thatthe Dec 1863 date may be the date he was wounded, but death occurredonly in April 1864.  I think it makes more sense that the militaryrecord is correct, and the family used a later date based on when theygot the information.  See further discusssion below.

    Nancy discusses this discrepancy and provides other family informationto clarify the date of death, in comments on Linda Newbrough's tree onAncestry.

    Nancy Lee Coward added this on 24 Nov 2010

    According to "The Children of Israel" by Kenneth Israel and Militaryrecords. Enlisted as a 1st Lt. in the Roll of the Cherokee Guards(Cherokee, AL). Promoted to Captain at Pensacola on Feb. 1862, he waslisted as deceased on Dec. 1863, but that is probably when he waswounded....death date is on headstone at Crossville, Al. as 1864.

    Family records say he returned home in 1862 to get clothing, and thatis probably when the photo of him in uniform was taken. According tohis military record, he died at the Kingston Georgia Hospital and isactually buried there in a common grave along with his fallencomrades. (Military records list him as M. M. "Marvel" and "Marvil")He has a VA headstone beside Leonidas and John W. Israel who died in1863 in the Civil War, and are believed to be his brothers. Hisheadstone reads "In Memory Of".

    The headstones are at Crossville Alabama Cemetery. He was married toMatilda Green daughter of Henry and Alley (Saxon) Green. He andMatilda had 5 children before he died. They were: William Taylor,James Monroe, John W., George W. and Martha Elvira Israel. Martha ismy line. She married Newton R. Goggans. Monterville is in two censusesin 1850. They moved from DeKalb (January census date) Al. to CherokeeAl (Dec. census date). In Dekalb they were living with a possiblebrother of Matilda Green (A. Green) with one child, Taylor (William)Israel age 2. In 1860 they were in Cherokee Co., Al. with his wife and5 children.

    I question whether the two census reports indicates that Montervilleand Matilda actually changed residence during the year 1850.  MMIsrael was already in Cherokee Alabama in 1840, where they areenumerated two houses down from her Matilda's brother Ambrose.  But Iwonder why Ambrose would be over in DeKalb when he is living inCherokee County in 1840 and 1960.  I rather suspect they lived closeto the county line, Ambrose is working another farm, and Montervilleis there with his family temporarily working with him

    Nancy references one of the notes I found on military records.  I hadfound the name "Marvel" that she refers to.  In notes on the back ofthe official record card of Monterville is listed as on the otherrecords, only by his initials, M M Israel.  But above this entry, inanother pen and another hand, is written "Marvel."  It appears thisrepresents the phonetic contraction of Monterville in the southerndrawl we would hear in that part of the country.

    In the common format of that speech "Monter" of Monterville would besoftened (slurred) into "Mar."  Seeing the VA headstone (below) on hismemorial grave made me wonder if they pronounced Marvin as Marvel.

    Nancy mentions military records that report his death as in KingstonHospital, but I have not found that record.  I suspect that thediscrepancy of dates of death Dec 1863 and the year 1864 is becausethe death occurred so near the end of the year and the family got thenews in January 1864, so that by the time they got the memorialmonument and plot worked out, 1864 was in focus in the family's mindand that was the year that got recorded as the year of death.  The VAheadstone would have likely followed the family info.

    Monterville Marvin (Capt.) Israel
    B:1826 in Buncombe Co., North Carolina
    D:9 April, 1864 in Kingston General Hospital, Bartow Co., Georgia
    Parents James Israel 1802-1880, Mary Emma Burton 1793-1862
    Marriage 1848 to Matilda Green Buncombe, North Carolina
    --  Newbrough Family,http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/7037895/person/-1177607896

    The current memorial headstone, as Nancy explained above, was placedby the Veteran's Admininstration.  His name there is Marvin M.

    Gravestone of M M Israel, Crossville Methodist Cemtery, Crossville,DeKalb, Alabama
    In Memory
    Marvin M Israel
    Capt Co E 19 Ala Inf

    A memorial tribute has been polaced on Find A Grave online to torecognize this memorial for Monterville in Crossville, Alabama.

    Capt Marvin M Israel
    Birth:  1826
    Death:  1864
    Capt. Marvin M. Israel
    Co. E, 19th Ala. Infantry, CSA
    VA Stone marker inscribed "In Memory of". Next to this marker are Pvt.Leonidas Israel and Pvt. John W. Israel. All three died during the waryears.
    William Taylor Israel (1848 - 1920)
    Burial [Memorial marker only] Crossville Methodist Church Cemetery,Crossville, DeKalb County, Alabama
    Created by: Garry Smith Jun 01, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #53139772,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=53139772

    Nancy Hough provides a wonderful tribute of information on Montervilleon another Find A Grave memorial.  She includes information from thegenealogy by Jeff Headly.

    Monterville Marvin "Captain" Israel
    Birth 1826
    Death Apr. 9, 1864
    Moved 1836 to Cherokee, AL
    Civil War, Company E, 19th AL Infantry, Captain CSA
    Enlisted 12 Aug 1861
    Rank of Captain Aug 28, 1862
    Went home to get clothing in Nov. 1862
    Fought in Battles of Stone River (Murfresboro, Tn.) Dec. 1862;Chicamauga, Sep. 1863;  Chattanooga, Nov. 1863
    Died in Kingston Hospital, Kingston, Ga. on Apr 9, 1864 [Militaryrecords say he died in Kingston Dec 1863, as trranscribed anddiscussed above]

    The Children of Israel, Kenneth Israel
    Bible records of General White; memory of and records of: Votra WhiteVowell, Nora Olive White Brickey

    From the Records of Jess Headley.........
    Jess Headley - Jul 30, 2002

    My grandmother (Mary Ethel Goggans) was the daughter of Martha Israeland Newton Goggans. I am sure many of you have researched the Israelfamily, but I want to share a personal "trip" I took back to my/ourroots. The Israels came from Buncombe County, North Carolina. Theyowned part of the original estate where the Biltmore mansion wasbuilt...they have a long history there, with a lot of sitespreserved...

    Montraville Marvin Israel left NC and moved to Alabama. It was herethat he married Matilda Green and they had 5 children... I only kneworiginally that Montraville was injured at Chickamauga and taken to ahospital in Kingston, Ga, where he died of his injuries...So I beganto "dig" for info about Kingston..and the cemetery...and thehospital...for some reason, I had this compelling desire to go there,find the cemetery, and see for myself...this spring, I made this partof our vacation...we went to Kingston...found some wonderful peoplewho still celebrate "Memorial Day" there..each spring, they honor theConfederate soldiers (249 unidentified, one identified) who are buriedat their Confederate cemetery.

    They have a history center there and some papers terlling the historyof some of the known soldiers buried there..There are only about 50that have been identified...They had no records of Montraville MarvinIsrael and were delighted to have someone from his family share hisstory..I plan to sent them a written history of him, along with apicture I have (got from an Israel researcher) to add to their files.I also plan to add a brick with both his name and my wife's GGGfather, George Franklin Walker to their honor roll there.

    I also went 50 miles north and visited both the Chattanoogabattlefield and the Chickamauga sites..they were so fascinating,because if you knew the regiment and leader, you could actually tracetheir actions and where they fought...very worthwhile..At Angely...mywife and my family intersect in several ways...they both were in theAlabama regiments that were merged together..hers coming fromLauderdale County, mine from Cherokee county...they fought side byside in several brutal battles...did they perhaps know eachother???..any way that is another story...

    Here are a few of my notes from Montraville Marvin Israel from myFamily Tree Maker file...I have a lot of info about the battles,etc...if anyone is interested..thanks..Jess Headley

    By 1836, he was in Cherokee County, Alabama. On Aug 12, 1861, heenlisted in the Confederate Army. Company E, 19th Ala Infantry.Battles: Stone River (Murfreesboro, Tenn Dec 1862); Chickamauga, Sept1863; Chattanooga, Nov 1863; promoted to Captain on Aug 28, 1862; wenthome to get clothing in Nov 1862. He died at Kingston Hospital inKingston, Georgia. He is buried there.

    From the Burlington, North Carolina, Sun Times 11/12/2000
    Although he is a member of the American Legion and a few otherorganizations, retiree Edgar Israel of Graham hasn't gotten around tojoining the Sons of Confederate Veterans. If he should apply, he won'thave to worry about be turned down.

    My great-grandfather, who was a captain in the Confederate Army, waskilled in a battle at Atlanta, Ga., on Sept. 21, 1863, said Israel,who is 93 years old and still active. His great-grandfather, WilliamRoss Israel, is buried in the Confederate Cemetery in Atlanta.  He wasshot off of his horse, Israel said, adding that when he was ayoungster he was occasionally shown the bullet that took hisforebear's life. The bullet went through him and lodged in his coat,where it was found. He said one of his relatives had the old bullet,but he has no idea what happened to it.

    The year 1863 wasn't a good one for the Israel family. Israel said twoof his great uncles, Confederate Army captains Lee Landres Israel andMonteville Marvin Israel, were also killed in battles with Unionforces.  All three of the brothers were farmers in Alabama and theyjoined the 19th Alabama Calvary, a part of the Confederate Army, atthe same time on Aug. 14, 1861, in Huntsville, Ala., he said.  LeeIsrael was the first of the three to be killed; that was on April 19,1863.

    He was killed at Shiloh, where he served under Gen. Albert Johnson.He is buried in an unmarked grave in Chattanooga, Tenn., he said,explaining his great-grandfather was the second of the brothers todie.  Marvin Israel, who was fatally shot later in the year in abattle in Georgia, is one of 250 Confederate soldiers buried in amilitary cemetery in Kingston, Ga.  Israel, a retired textile engineerand plant manager, recently told a gathering of the Burlington areaSons of Confederate Veterans.

    From Websites, Bartow County, 2002:
    The first Confederate "Wayside Home," or hospital, was here. Manyfollowed eventually serving more than 100,000 soldiers. TheConfederate Cemetery, containing gravesites of 250 unknown Confederateand two Union soliders, is the site of the oldest continuousConfederate Memorial Day.  With the outbreak of the Civil War,Kingston became a hospital and supply center because of the railconnections. The first "Wayside Home," or Confederate hospital, wasestablished here in 1861; more than 10,000 sick and wounded troopspassed through it. In 1864, after the Confederate Army retreated,Union troops were attended here.

    From the Muster Roll:
    ISRAEL, John W. Private E Born 1836; Aug 12, 1861, Kirk's Grove, Ala

    ISRAEL, Marrel M. 1st Lieut. E
    Born 1826; Died Apr 9, 1864 of wounds at Chickamauga; Aug 13, 1861,Kirk's Grove, Ala; Promoted to Captain Mar 1, 1862
    [This is a quote of a transcription fromhttp://www.19thalabama.org/muster.html.  Everything from "Born 1826 isin Remarks, not a part of the original muster roll. I have not beenable to find a military record of death in April 1864, only the onereporting death at Kingston in Dec 1863.  Nor the citation that hedied of wounds from the battle of Chickamauga.  This sounds doubtful,since he was apparently well enough to fight again two months later inthe Battle of Chattanooga.]

    An overview of the 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment:
    The 19th Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized at Huntsville, 14August 1861, with men recruited from Blount, Cherokee, Chilton, Coosa,Jefferson, and Pickens counties. It was ordered to Mobile immediately.It remained there about three months, then was at Pensacola for twoweeks.

    Ordered to Corinth, the 19th was brigaded under Gen'l Gladden ofLouisiana, with the 22nd, 25th, and 50th regiments, and after Shiloh,the 17th Battalion, Sharpshooters, and the 39th regiment. At Shiloh,the 19th lost 110 k and 240 w, of the 650 engaged. Gen'l Frank Gardnersoon after succeeded to command the brigade, leading it into Kentuckywhere it did not find the enemy. The regiment retired with the army tofight at Murfreesboro, losing about 151 k and w, about 1/4 of itsstrength.

    Thereafter, Gen'l Deas of Mobile succeeded to the command of thebrigade, leading it at Chickamauga where it lost heavily, 192 k and w.There were few casualties at Missionary Ridge, and the 19th winteredat Dalton. In the almost incessant fighting from there to Atlanta, theregiment lost heavily in casualties, particularly at new Hope and nearMarietta. The brigade, under the command of Gen'l Johnston of Perry,the 19th was badly cut up in the battles at Atlanta on 22 and 28 July.Losses were slight at Jonesboro.

    At the Battle of Franklin, the 19th lost only a few to battle wounds,but many were captured. It went to North Carolina and was engaged atKinston and Bentonville, losing heavily in the latter affair. Thenconsolidated with the 40th and 46th Alabama regiments at Salisbury(with M. L. Woods as colonel and Ezekiel Gully of Sumter as lt.colonel), the 19th surrendered at that place, 76 strong.
    Jess Headley ujimsn.com

    Daughter Martha Elvira Israel Goggans (1856 - 1901)
    Burial Kingston City Cemetery, Kingston, Bartow County, Georgia
    Created by Nancy Hough Nov 22, 2010
    --  Find A Grave Memorial #62018002,http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=62018002


  • 1. Ancestry Stories
  • 2. Gravestone (Memorial) of M M Israel, Crossville Methodist Cemtery,Crossville, DeKalb, Alabama
  • 3. Ancestry Stories
    • Newbrough Tree,
  • 4. 1850 Federal Census, Cherokee County, Alabama
    • 11 January, District 27, page 29, Hse/Fam #849
  • 5. 1840 Alabama State Census, Cherokee County
    • page 50
  • 6. 1860 Federal Census, Cherokee County, Alabama
    • 7 June, District 2, PO Centre, page (scan #54), Hse/Fam #388
  • 7. Ancestry Trees
    • Newbrough Family,
  • 8. Roll of the Cherokee (Alabama) Guards, US Civil War
  • 9. Cemetery Records of Lafayette County, Missouri Volume I
  • 10. Find a Grave Memorial Registry
  • 11. 1900 Federal Census, Lafayette County, Missouri
    • 5 June, Middleton Township, District 161, page 4A, Hse #76, Fam #74
  • 12. 1880 Federal Census, Lafayette County, Missouri
    • 14 June, Waverly Township, District 55, page 17 (scan 355A), Hse #160,
  • 13. 1910 Federal Census, Lafayette County, Missouri
    • 22 April, Waverly, District 104, Page 7A, Commercial St, Hse/Fam #89
  • 14. 1920 Federal Census, Lafayette County, Missouri
    • 7 January, Waverly Ward 2, District 120, page 4A, Hse #65, Fam #70
  • 15. 1870 Federal Census, Floyd County, Georgia
    • 10 August, Subdivision 141, PO Rome, page 83, Hse #596, Fam #583
  • 16. 1880 Federal Census, Polk County, Georgia
    • 9 June, Hampton Township, District 166, page 19, HseFam #235
  • 17. 1910 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama
    • 22 April, Lathamville, District 48, page 6B, Hse/Fam #108
  • 18. 1900 Federal Census, DeKalb County, Alabama
    • 30 June, Lathamville (Precinct 18), District 75, page 26A-B, Hse #423,
  • 19. 1870 Federal Census, Floyd County, Georgia
    • 10 August, Subdivision 141, PO Rome, page 84, Hse #596, Fam #583
  • 20. Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974

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